Maura Stone

Biography

Winner of the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award for Comedy, Maura Stone comes from a leading borscht belt entertainment family known as "Catskill Royalty" in comedy. She grew up in the lap of humor where famous American comedians sat at her kitchen table swapping jokes with her family; her father a sit-com writer and her cousin, Sam Levenson, known nationwide from the 1950's until his death in 1978. Today, most people recall Sam Levenson from his best-selling books, appearances on tv shows and for his poem that Audrey Hepburn loved.

No stranger to comedy as she was trained in the Stone/Levenson tradition of intellectual humor (both high and lowbrow), Maura pursued a different career path, commercial banking. Which gave rise to shock from colleagues when her first novel, Five-Star FLEECING, received rave reviews and won a national book award in 2011 for comedy. Although fictional in scope, the stories in the book are based upon true tales from the crypt of incidents formerly known to those involved in the high-end hospitality industry. 

More importantly, Five-Star FLEECING broke all the rules of traditional literature, making it the first novel in American literary history where the major protagonist, a woman, is NOT a victim of love, men or abuse. Five-Star FLEECING is also the first comedy about hospitality in over three decades as well as the first novel about corruption in that industry.

Since Five-Star FLEECING, Maura has published several mini ebooks, some of which have won awards, that are currently being compiled into a major edition. Her blog, KISS-keepitsimpleschmuck.blogspot.com is the top comedy blog on the planet, winning awards and acclaim.

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Smashwords Interview

Why should readers PAY for your books? Don't they get it for FREE on your blog and hubpage?
Gee, what a very intuitive question. My blog and my hubpage are my writing exercises. Like a concert pianist who practices scales and passages endlessly to perfect technique, that's precisely what I do where readers get my exercises for free. But my books, well, those are well-crafted romps of fun, laughter, woven for the best adventure possible.
What's the theme underlying your writing?
Ah. A hard question. Who makes these questions up? I have an intolerance towards stupidity, greed and arrogance. Sadly, you can't find one without its friends to back it up. I also tend to see absurdity in things people take for granted. In other words, I'm the person who goes around saying, "The Emperor is Nekkid." Even so, I like to have a good laugh because most of the time you can't beat City Hall. But when you do, ahhhh, that's the joy in life.
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Where to find Maura Stone online


Where to buy in print


Books

Arc of Passion
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Even writers of adult relationship ebooks are not infallible. Maura's pursued by a fellow almost half her age and 3,000 miles away! From the award-winning author of the comedy "Five-Star FLEECING," Maura Stone explores this unconventional relationship in a compilation of witty and introspective short stories. Tailored for those on the go, "Arc of Passion" is a literary treat in small bites.

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